Did you know there are a lot of herbs that can be helpful during immune season? Maybe you already know a few like Echinacea, Black Elderberry or Reishi. At Herb Pharm, it’s our job to know about plants and how to use them. We work with hundreds of plant species. Here are 14 of our favorites to keep in mind for immune support.
So you’re ready to take a natural approach to your immune health. Great. How do you do that? Here are four easy herbal ways to get started. Continue reading “4 herbal ways to get serious about immune health”
Try this simple way to get Turmeric into your day
There’s more than one way to get healthy Turmeric into your daily life. Golden Turmeric Honey lets you add a bit of Turmeric to all sorts of meals and drinks. You can even let it star in its own hot beverage.
- 5 ounces raw honey
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) Herb Pharm Turmeric extract
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup hot water
- Place honey in a small, wide-mouth jar.
- Stir in lemon juice.
- Add Turmeric extract and stir well until it is uniformly mixed.
- Stir 1-2 teaspoons into the hot water until it is fully dissolved.
2 teaspoons of Golden Turmeric Honey (without water) equals approximately one dose (0.7 ml, 1 dropper) of liquid extract. Store Golden Turmeric Honey in a cool, dry place for up to a week.
At Herb Pharm, we use St. John’s Wort flowering tops, responsibly wildcrafted from its wild habitat. But what does that mean? And how do people even find St. John’s Wort anyway?
Let’s start with some definitions. Responsibly wildcrafted means we don’t grow the plant on a farm; it’s picked from the wild. And it’s picked in a way that leaves plant populations safe for future generations.
We use a lot of St. John’s Wort. It’s in formulas like Good MoodTM, Nervous System Tonic, Trauma Oil, Inflamma Response, Virattack, Soothing Throat Spray, and well you get the idea. We need lots of St. John’s Wort every year.
So how do you get St. John’s Wort from the wild?
The easy answer is that we work with talented, dedicated wildcrafters we trust to find the plants, harvest them and deliver them to us each year. For the long answer, we head out into the wilds of Southern Oregon. Here’s what it’s like to commercially wildcraft St. John’s Wort for a single day. Continue reading “How we find it: St. John’s Wort”
Well, it has been a couple weeks since my last farm blog. And writing about farming becomes as linear of a task as everything else that needs to be done on the farm. So, I will have to admit this blog is weather induced…..it’s raining outside.
Sweet spring rain turning into a tumultuous downpour that makes Oregon such a great place to love plants. If you live in Oregon, you know spring is for warm sunshine, sideways rain, hard hail, and a rainbow finale all within a five-minute span. Nature is exhilarating! And it is within these short windows that my long-term tasks are completed for future harvest success.
On our farm, we track seasonal phenology. This is the term for watching our natural cycles in a specific location, to make daily decisions. When making farming decisions, I consider things like average rainfall, mountain snowpack, relative humidity, prevailing winds, day length, sun exposure, and heat units influence each crop cycle. Continue reading “Building Healthy Soil Communities: Evaluating Soil Texture”
My first organic farm mentor used to refer to topsoil as “skin of the Earth.”.And each time this fine layer is broken by plow, nature’s response to heal by covering its wound with a green bandage of plants. This moment of healing becomes an opportunity. A chance for farmers to blend their own mixture of plants into a beneficial poultice.
This is where “cover crops” come in. Both preventative and restorative, cover crops are specific species of plants proven to restore soil fertility. On our farm, I make long-term rotational plantings of cover crops such as alfalfa, rye, clover, oats, buckwheat, vetch and sorghum key components of our fertility program.
But how do cover crops work? Why do they help? And why is topsoil so important anyway?
Skullcap is not a liar. No herb is. But you’re forgiven if you have trust issues with it. Actually, these issues are why we grow it ourselves. So we can keep an eye on it, and make sure it doesn’t get mixed up with bad company. Make sure our Skullcap supply is pure and never adulterated.
You see, Skullcap has a long history of adulteration. For more than 25 years, the American Botanical Council has tracked incidents of dried Skullcap getting sold mixed with a type of Germander. What’s worse, this Germander is considered a liver toxin. As a result, Skullcap has been falsely implicated in liver dysfunction cases.
Clearly, this is unacceptable. So we did something about it.
Think of a time when you could smell home cooking from another room. The aromas drifting out of the kitchen. The scent of simmering garlic maybe, or of herbs like Rosemary and Thyme. The promise of a warm, delicious meal prepared with love. Picture yourself walking into the kitchen, grabbing a wooden spoon and sneaking a taste. Now imagine a powerful bitter flavor washing over you. A desperate, mouth-puckering, need-a-glass-of-water bitter.
This is Wormwood. Smells delightful. Tastes bitter. Let’s break it down. Continue reading “Smells delightful. Tastes bitter. Let’s break it down.”
Every choice has its consequences. Even when you think you’re doing the right thing, there can be hidden effects, happening in ways you didn’t see coming, in parts of the world that are a long way from home.
That’s the story of Kids’ Tummy TLC, palm trees and how orangutans changed the way we do business. Continue reading “How orangutans influenced our business decisions”
It’s been a whirlwind year since we announced our Aviva partnership before Natural Products Expo West last year. Now the bottles for Adrena Soothe, Adrena Nourish & Adrena Uplift are packed up, shipped out and already open in our customers’ homes across the country. And more collaborations are coming soon.
And Expo West has rolled around again. (For the 99.5% of you that aren’t coming, Expo West is a big convention in Anaheim for companies that make things that are organic or natural in some way. It’s 88,000 people in a big convention center that smells like new carpeting. It doesn’t really remind us of farms or nature, but it’s actually a bit of fun.)
Anyway, last year we had Aviva with us at our booth holding conversations about topics that interested her. Here are some of our favorite moments from Aviva’s chats at the booth.
Aviva and Sara Katz (Herb Pharm Co-Founder) discuss ethical sourcing